Today is World Kindness Day.
Introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, it highlights good deeds in the community by focusing on the positiveness of our common bond of kindness.
I fear that our society is reaching the end of civility. And the incivility emanating from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. does not help. Behavior models start at the top, and we all have a terrible role model right now.
My same fear holds true for the workplace. If an organization is run by intimidation, scare tactics, harassment, and discrimination, then it should come as no surprise when managers and supervisors think they need to motivate their teams by yelling, harassing, sniping, and snubbing. It should also come as no surprise when employees respond by treating each other similarly. We can all do better. We all should do better. We all must do better.
Today, in honor of World Kindness Day, I reiterate my pledge and promise to everyone.